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a.. Winnipeg Free Press Have Your Say Updated: September 15, 2008 at 08:34 AM CDT
City not supporting cycling Re: Bike lanes were a bit of a wash, Sept. 12.
Four years after the City of Winnipeg received the report it commissioned on active transportation, and two years after the report was adopted in principle, the city has done little to support cycling in Winnipeg. The few things that have been done have been poorly planned and implemented, as the "sharrow" example shows. These extra-wide "sharrow" lanes not only washed away, they were placed too close to the curb, often in lanes that were too narrow to actually share, according to accepted standards for road design.
Meanwhile, major priorities for cycling improvements, such as the Pembina corridor, are ignored.
We have lots of pavement in Winnipeg, but we need to reallocate some of it for the use of bicycles. When we rebuild roads and bridges and when we plan new suburban subdivisions, we need to consider and encourage cycling as a means of transportation instead of building bicycle paths to nowhere, as is being done in Waverley West. And we need a public education campaign to get cyclists and motorists sharing the road safely.
With yet another spike in gas prices, you would think city politicians would get the message-- more and more of us are cycling more often. It's time city council woke up and read the good news: More bicycles mean less traffic congestion, a cleaner environment, fewer street repairs and a healthier, more attractive city.
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